Undergraduate Course Catalog 2011-2012

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Total Credit Hours: 128
Major Credit Hours: 83


The Bachelor of Science program in Dental Hygiene offers a course of study that will prepare the student for a career as a Dental Hygienist. Dental hygiene students will study the sciences of biology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, radiology, pharmacology, and a broad range of courses related to dental anatomy, clinical dental skills and patient care to prepare them for practice as a dental hygienist. The first two years of the program will be completed at Lewis University and the remaining two years at the College of DuPage. Upon successful completion of this program students will be eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Students may also elect to enroll as a Biology major and earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology and then apply for admission to the Dental Hygiene program at the College of DuPage to earn a Certificate in Dental Hygiene.

Admission to the Dental Hygiene program at the College of DuPage is not guaranteed and is solely the decision of the College of DuPage Admissions Committee.  Students must attain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in the required science classes (A&P I, A&P II, General Chemistry I & II,  and Microbiology) in order to be considered for admission.

A grade of "C" or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence.

Dental Hygiene majors may take a biology class only two times. If the student has not achieved a minimum of a "C" after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class.

A student entering this program must have a minimum composite ACT of 23.

I. Core Courses (83)
02-101 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
02-102 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1)
02-103 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
02-104 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1)
02-110 General Biology I (4)
02-111 General Biology I Lab (1)
02-224 General Microbiology (4)
02-226 General Microbiology Lab (1)
03-110 General Chemistry I (4)
03-111 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-115 General Chemistry II (4)
03-116 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
07-301 Principles in Dental Hygiene I (3)
07-302 Principles in Dental Hygiene II (2)
07-305 Dental Materials/Expanded Functions (3)
07-312 Dental Radiology I (2)
07-315 Dental Tooth Anatomy and Morphology (3)
07-320 Preclinical Dental Hygiene I (1)
07-321 Clinical Dental Hygiene I (1)
07-325 Head and Neck Anatomy: Histology and Embryology (3)
07-335 Applied Nutrition and Biochemistry for the Dental Hygienist (3)
07-336 General and Oral Pathology (2)
07-345 Medical Emergencies in a Dental Office (1)
07-401 Dental Hygiene Theory I (2)
07-402 Dental Hygiene Theory II (2)
07-311 Periodontics I (2)
07-412 Periodontics II (3)
07-413 Dental Radiology II (2)
07-322 Clinical Dental Hygiene II (2)
07-423 Clinical Dental Hygiene III (2)
07-424 Clinical Dental Hygiene IV (3)
07-326 Research Methods for Dental Hygiene (1)
07-432 Community Dental Health I (2)
07-433 Community Dental Health II (3)
07-435 Dental Pharmacology and Local Anesthetics (2)
07-445 Ethics and Jurisprudence: Practice Management for the Dental Hygienist (3)

II. The advanced writing requirement of the general education curriculum is satisfied by the successful completion of the following courses that contain strong writing components: General Biology Labs I and II and Research Methods.

III. General Education Requirements
76-100 Introduction to the College Experience (1)
06-111 College Writing 1 (3)
06-112 College Writing 2 (3)
13-120 Mathematical Analysis (4)
10-112 Introduction to Human Communication (3)
26-100 General Psychology (3)

Fine Arts Gen Ed option (3)
15-110 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
20-290 Cultural Diversity and Intergroup Relations (3)
04-200 Basic Macroeconomics (3)
19-100 The Search for Faith (3)
19-106 Introduction to Christian Theology (3)
15-330 Ethics (Action and Values) (3)

Literature Gen Ed option (3)
09-101 Culture and Civilization I (3)
09-102 Culture and Civilization II (3)
20-100 Principles of Sociology (3)

Dental Hygiene students who change their major must fulfill all general education requirements as stated in the catalog.